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  • Wheelman

    Wheelman

    ★★★½

    One of the few Netflix films that I wish I'd seen on a big screen. So much of this film is so very awesome, atmospheric and exciting, that it's a real pity it hamstrings itself with a) an awful daughter subplot that pays off in the most embarrassing way possible, and b) dialogue that too often resorts to various characters shouting "what's happening? tell me what's going on?" and not being answered. YO SCREENWRITERS, THIS IS NOT THE SAME THING AS SUSPENSE, IT'S ACTUALLY JUST REEEEALLY ANNOYING.

    But it still gets a pass because Frank Grillo.

  • Kingsman: The Golden Circle

    Kingsman: The Golden Circle

    ★★★

    Fine but certainly a wasted opportunity after the sheer energy and excitement of the first. Egerton is great again and the action glorious, but Tatum, Bridges and Halle Berry have less to do than Elton John, while there must have been a better way to reintegrate Colin Firth into the narrative. And that whole Glastonbury scene is just lame and seems to go on for far too long.

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  • Doctor Strange

    Doctor Strange

    ★★★

    A mixed bag.

    In terms of set pieces and visuals, this might be the most spectacular thing I've seen at the cinema since The Matrix.

    In terms of storyline and characterisation, this might be the first time Marvel have really gotten it wrong. Cumberbatch is nondescript with a poor accent in an underwritten origin and Mads Mikkelsen the most criminal waste of a villain yet. Everything from Strange's introduction up to his arrival in Nepal is a mess, and although…

  • Logan

    Logan

    ★★★★

    First things first, this has been wildly oversold. What you may have been led to believe is the superhero “Unforgiven” is, at the end of the day, once again “Wolverine has to help someone against his wishes”, but this time it’s an incredibly violent version with swears in. Also, it’s still got awful villain problems – Boyd Holbrook is really brilliant for the first half hour but soon fades into the background for the film’s real (atrocious) big bad.

    BUT…